This is a project that’s more than an investigation of sleeplessness, it’s an obsession. Created works inspired by sleep disorders explore presence through absence. One of his created spaces features a digital alarm clock illuminating minutes without hours and is situated in a meticulously life-size cardboard bedroom. Another work shows rows of sheep stencils hung and taunting the possibility of sleep. His exhibition will take up the entirety of room 145 in Eastworks, a 1200 sq. ft. space.
Gil Scullion‘s Insomnia project is more than an exploration of sleeplessness. It contemplates presence through absence. Insomnia is defined as an absence of sleep, its presence marked by our desire to achieve it or possess it.
Five years separated my undergraduate career at the University of Texas at Austin and my graduate school training at The State University of New York in Albany. In that time I moved from Austin to New York City, all the while working at being a painter. Following graduate school I moved to Connecticut, where I live today. Over the years my work has developed in a more conceptual direction, though some critical notions regarding the nature of painting continue to be central to my investigations. This conceptually oriented work has been featured in exhibitions at Hartford, CT’s Real Art Ways, the De Cordova Museum in Lincoln, MA, the New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT, P.S.1 in Long Island City, NY, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, CT and the Housatonic Museum of Art in Bridgeport, CT.
Throughout this period I have made my living practicing a non-art related trade that has evolved over the years to become the artist-in-residence for the Middletown Public Schools in Middletown, CT. At the same time I have taught in an adjunct capacity at Wesleyan University, then later (and currently) at Manchester Community College, in Manchester, CT.